The focus of this study was to examine the Deaf community and their preferences for both a psychologist and the language utilized in a clinical psychological setting. The study gave each participant a mock profile for a psychologist and then asked participants to answer questions on their perceptions of the psychologist provided. A total of 22 participants who identified as Deaf, deaf, hard-of-hearing, or as an individual with hearing loss were surveyed. Results indicated that participants randomly assigned to the Deaf psychologist had higher rates of satisfaction and trust over participants who were assigned to other psychologists. The study also supported the concept that individuals who prefer using American Sign Language will similarly prefer a psychologist who knows and can communicate in American Sign Language.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Alonso, Alexandra, "The Deaf Community and Their Preferences in a Clinical Psychological Setting" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1231.